The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a for-profit grantmaking brand of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. As a for-profit LLC it has fewer disclosure requirements. In January 2017, Obama operative David Plouffe was hired by Zuckerberg to lead policy and advocacy at CZI.
In September 2020, the Initiative announced it was donating $300 million to voter outreach efforts for the 2020 presidential election. $250 million went to the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a left-of-center group that focuses on registering voters among demographic groups which tend to support Democrats. $50 million went to the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR).
The Chan Zuckerberg Foundation (CZF) and Chan Zuckerberg Advocacy (CZA) are a tax-exempt charitable foundation and tax-exempt lobbying group respectively that operate under the Initiative’s umbrella. As of September 2020, the Initiative, CZF, and CZA have given 919 grants and have started 15 “initiatives,” or investments in companies.
- Amistad report: The Legitimacy and Effect of Private Funding in Federal and State Electoral Processes, December 14, 2020.